There can’t be better show of humanity than this. In an inspirational incident contradictory to the prevailing religious intolerance in India, a group of Muslim youths from Mumbai’s Mumbra area carried out the last rites of a 65-year-olf Hindu neighbour. According to a Times of India report, Waman Kadam, a building watchman, died at his Almas Colony tenement on Sunday night. Kadam’s two sons, who were from his first wife, and his relatives were reluctant to come over at night to help their ailing step-mother, Vitava. She then asked Khalil Pawne, Fahad Dabir, Nawaz Dabir, Rahil Dabir, Shaban Khan, Maqsood Khan, Farooque Khan, Mohammad Kasam Shaikh to help her cremate her dead husband, who not only searched a pundit to conduct the funeral rituals but also got a death certificate from the doctor.
“My husband would never have thought that his last journey would be with so much honour. There were 40-odd Muslim youths in the funeral procession. We have known them since they were knee high; now, they turned out to be sensitive and responsible adults,” said Vitava. “I have known Kadam uncle since I was a child. We were always welcome in their house and aunty would offer us snacks and sweets. Religion was never a barrier,” said Kasam Shaikh, one of those eight youths. “We brought him home in the evening. In the night, we heard aunty scream for help as Kadam uncle was vomiting. We ran to their house and found him lying lifeless. We called up their relatives and two sons, who live in Mumbra and Badlapur, but most of them were reluctant to come over at night. They said they would come over the next morning,” said Shaikh. The group of Muslim youths arranged everything required to perform the last rites, such as bamboo, earthen pots, white cloth, incense sticks and thatched mat, along with a Hindu priest.